Friday, October 27, 2006

Not quite so pearly-white...


Does anyone enjoy doing to the dentist? I can't say that I do, even though I've never had what you might call a traumatic experience. I've never had braces, a retainer, or been fitted for a night guard for grinding my teeth...Probably the most traumatic experience I might have had was when my sister got the last cool toy in the toy box and all I got was some lame sticker...but for some reason, I must find a visit to the dentist rather relaxing because once they drop that chair and turn on the bad 80s music, I just about always doze off...

So yesterday was just another mundane trip to the dental hygienist for me with the usual banter..."Do you brush your teeth regularly?"---Yes..."Do you floss daily?" Ummm, no not really..."Do you have any problems with your teeth?" and so on.... while the hygienist asks the usual small-talk questions and simultaneously jabs those dental tools around my teeth, I'm trying to fight that soporific effect of comfy chairs, and muted ABBA...and somewhat irritated at the contradiction that is to ask a question while probing objects inside my mouth...

Before I know it, the hygeinist is done and I'm faced with a masked, serious genuine dentist-type person that (thankfully) doesn't ask mundane questions. Except this one looks a little too serious, and after thoughtfully pressing on some of my molars she invokes the dreaded "cavity" word, and "filling" all in one sentence. Argh! She tries to console me that it was "difficult to prevent" because I have "deeply grooved molars and less enamel in the grooves" whatever... all I know is that come November 20th I'll be in that stupid office again. I might even take up daily flossing instead of my half-hearted flossing regimen that comes and goes just like exercise committments.

So what's your bad dentist story? C'mon, I know they're out there....My back, upper, righter-most molar with the small cavity is dying to know...oh, and here's another question related to the subject of cavities: silver filling or ceramic filling? Andrew says he can taste metal sometimes from metallic fillings, something I would never have thought of.

3 comments:

Jen said...

Hhmmm...I've never had a filling, but I still hate going to the dentist. When I was a teenager, I threw up on the dental hygienist...not a sparkling memory. :)

Amy said...

two bad dentist experiences: the one when you get told you have a cavity and have to get it filled while your twin sister gloats that she has perfect teeth; the other when the dentist "suggests" you get 5 teeth "prophylactically" filled...at least I was still on my mom's insurance. btw, i vote for ceramic...then no one else has to know you have a cavity. :)

raecatherine said...

I think I'm going to have to go with ceramic based on sheer popularity...even if it is the very last molar on top so the chances of anyone except the dentist seeing it are slim. Amy, I had no idea Jen could be so lacking in empathy! =)